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25+ WORKSHOPS | HANDS-ON LEARNING | ACTION PLANNING | NETWORKING

Whether you're new to private-independent schools, taking on a fresh position, or looking to master an advanced skill, immerse yourself in the latest research and leading methods at ISM’s Summer Institute.

How Summer Institute Works

Unlike typical conferences, Summer Institute is a series of 25+ workshops offered in Minneapolis, MN and Philadelphia, PA. Most classes are capped at 24 participants, ensuring small class sizes where participants can ask questions, engage one-on-one with the instructor, and truly connect with their classmates.

Summer Institute features training for administrators and faculty leaders at every level, scheduled to optimize networking for like-minded professionals. Classes are created to best suit those who are new to their position, experienced in their role, or are looking for a deeper perspective on a specific topic.

The Confidence You Need to Succeed

Starting a new position or mastering a new skill can be overwhelming. Gain the confidence to perform your job efficiently, backed by over 40 years of institutional knowledge, research, and insight. With a 100% satisfaction guarantee, you can't go wrong. Join hundreds of private school professionals from around the world!

 

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Tangible Resources

Become immersed in core ISM theory throughout your workshop—and learn how to convert that theory to practical application through extensive examples, interactive exercises, and group discussion. Leave with workshop materials and information that can be referenced long after the event concludes, helping you improve your strategies when you're back in your office. 

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Practical Strategies

Work alongside experienced ISM consultants and private-independent school leaders to formulate practical strategies that you can implement immediately upon your return to campus. Our leaders help you take an objective look at your current operations, form goals, and make plans that will strengthen your school and benefit your students.

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Networking

One of the best perks of ISM's workshops! Get to know private-independent school peers from around the world and build relationships that will last for years to come. Meal times and social hours allow for extended opportunities where you can meet fellow attendees and strengthen your professional network, empowering you through lasting connections.

 

Where do I start? Everything was absolutely amazing! I came into this workshop thinking "Where do I start?" After just a few days, and learning more than I ever have before, I am 100% prepared with action plans, goals, and ideas to implement on Monday!

Amy Maier, Head of Lower School
Madison Country Day School, WI

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The New Marketing Communications Director

Date(s): 7/8/2019 — 7/11/2019 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Confirmed Credits: 30 IACP

The efforts of the Marketing Communications Office are integral to your private-independent school, providing a unified message to your faculty and staff, students, families, and the larger community. Discover how to excel in this position through proven strategies, in-depth knowledge, and hands-on activities to create a marketing communication action plan you can immediately implement in the new school year.

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$3,047.00
for Gold Members

$3,585.00 General Price

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The New School Head

Date(s): 7/8/2019 — 7/12/2019 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Confirmed Credits: 40 IACP

You have aspired to be the School Head for years. Now that you’re here, what should you do first? Gain a 360-degree view of everything that should occur in your school, what you need to manage, and what support you require.

This workshop will be combined with Running an Effective Business & Operations Office, which will allow School Heads and Business Managers to explore their complementary roles and responsibilities when it comes to strategic financial planning, tuition setting, financial aid, negotiations, human resources, and managing complex change. This will help you discover how to work across disciplines to build engaged and aligned teams.

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$4,095.00
for Gold Members

$4,818.00 General Price

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Chairing Your Department: The First Five Years

Date(s): 7/8/2019 — 7/12/2019 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Wait-listed

Department Chairs must act as an essential bridge between your school’s Leadership Team and your educators. Learn how to bolster your leadership capabilities, sharpen your communications skills, manage your team with confidence, and support your school’s long-term goals.

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$4,095.00
for Gold Members

$4,818.00 General Price

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Running an Effective Business and Operations Office

Date(s): 7/8/2019 — 7/12/2019 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Confirmed Credits: 40 BCP/37.8 CPE

Whether you’re a veteran Business Manager or new to the world of independent schools, this workshop is designed to help you excel as a strategic leader in business and operations. Master the tactics you must know to move your Business Office forward and discover how to support your private-independent school’s mission for years to come.

This workshop will be combined with The New School Head, which will allow Business Managers and School Heads to explore their complementary roles and responsibilities, helping to build engaged and aligned teams.

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$4,095.00
for Gold Members

$4,818.00 General Price

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Mastering Enrollment Management

Date(s): 7/8/2019 — 7/11/2019 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Confirmed Credits: 30 IACP

Unveil the root causes for declining enrollment at your private-independent school. Join us and learn how to collect and use data to determine the nature of the decline—and to pinpoint specific strategies to address the contributing factors.

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$3,047.00
for Gold Members

$3,585.00 General Price

$2,201.00 Second Person Pricing

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Student-Centered Scheduling

Date(s): 7/8/2019 — 7/12/2019 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Confirmed

Learn the latest research in scheduling and classroom instruction, going back to basics to create a healthy schedule that reduces conflict and enhances the quality of your graduates. Refocus your school’s scheduling strategy on what’s best for your students to maximize their experiences with your school.

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$4,095.00
for Gold Members

$4,818.00 General Price

$2,935.00 Second Person Pricing

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The New Admission Director

Date(s): 7/8/2019 — 7/11/2019 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Confirmed Credits: 30 IACP

Get the big-picture view of the factors most impacting your ability to recruit and re-recruit mission-appropriate students. Through ISM’s admission funnel model, observe sound strategies, common pitfalls, and well-developed solutions to the most frequent issues arising in private school Admission Offices.

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$3,047.00
for Gold Members

$3,585.00 General Price

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The New Development Director

Date(s): 7/8/2019 — 7/12/2019 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Confirmed Credits: 40 IACP

Whether you’re a new Development Director or just joining a private-independent school, learn the foundational principles of development within your community that support your mission and drive it forward. Discover how your development strategy should fit into the overall advancement efforts of your school, the role of volunteer programs and special events in promoting community and philanthropic giving, and how to develop your custom action plan for the coming school year.

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$4,095.00
for Gold Members

$4,818.00 General Price

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Capital Campaign Mastery: Design and Implement an Extraordinary Campaign

Date(s): 7/15/2019 — 7/18/2019 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Confirmed Credits: 30 IACP

Your school, whether large or small, can run a successful capital campaign—with the correct preparation. Learn the strategies you need to fully prepare you for a successful campaign, motivate and engage your supporters, and create an inspirational and sustainable vision for the future.

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$3,047.00
for Gold Members

$3,585.00 General Price

$2,201.00 Second Person Pricing

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Build a Strong Advisory Program

Date(s): 7/15/2019 — 7/18/2019 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Confirmed

Create and implement a thriving advisory program to support your middle and upper school students. Explore core concepts, design models, and recommended strategies for building an advisory program that reflects and supports the mission of your school.

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$3,585.00
for Gold Members

$3,585.00 General Price

$2,201.00 Second Person Pricing

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Strategic Financial Planning: Skills and Implementation

Date(s): 7/15/2019 — 7/18/2019 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Confirmed Credits: 30 IACP/30 BCP/22.5 CPE

Increase cash reserves, enrollment levels, and long-term viability. These are the goals at every school—and they are attainable if you have the right strategic financial plan. ISM’s proven approach to strategic financial planning helps you experience financial success now, while positioning your school strongly for the future.

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$3,047.00
for Gold Members

$3,585.00 General Price

$2,201.00 Second Person Pricing

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Build and Grow a Robust Annual Fund

Date(s): 7/15/2019 — 7/18/2019 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Confirmed Credits: 30 IACP

The foundation of your school’s culture of philanthropy begins with a strong annual fund. Learn how to identify, engage, evaluate, solicit, recognize, and steward donors and prospects by employing strategic data, sharing a strong school story, and building a confident and agile annual fund team.

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$3,047.00
for Gold Members

$3,585.00 General Price

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The Vital Role of the Executive or Administrative Assistant

Date(s): 7/15/2019 — 7/18/2019 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Wait-listed

Whether you support the School Head or another administrator, lead from your position in a manner that sets you and your school apart. Learn proven strategies and tactics for supporting your supervisor, your team, your mission, and your school.

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$3,047.00
for Gold Members

$3,585.00 General Price

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Foster a High-Performing Team: Leadership, Faculty, and Staff

Date(s): 7/15/2019 — 7/18/2019 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Confirmed

When an entire school community is aligned around the school’s mission with clarity of expectations, roles, and responsibilities, the result is a healthy school culture and an exceptional student experience. Discover how to foster a supportive, high-functioning Leadership Team and student-centered, growth-focused employees who work together toward a common vision.

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$3,047.00
for Gold Members

$3,585.00 General Price

$2,201.00 Second Person Pricing

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Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity: Strategies for Private-Independent Schools

Date(s): 7/15/2019 — 7/17/2019 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Confirmed Credits: 20 IACP

Gain the tools to effectively direct inclusion, diversity, and equity initiatives in your school and implement sustainable approaches that will support your entire community. Participate in critical self-reflection and practical skills activities to develop essential competencies for systemic, lasting inclusion, diversity, and equity programs that best serve your private-independent school. 

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$2,286.00
for Gold Members

$2,689.00 General Price

$1,739.00 Second Person Pricing

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Boost Enrollment Through a Strategic International Program

Date(s): 7/17/2019 — 7/18/2019 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Confirmed Credits: 10 IACP

Understand why you must take a mission- and student-centric approach to create and build an international student program that supports your school’s enrollment goals. Identify the resources you need to properly and intentionally grow a robust international program, while best serving all students, both domestic and international.

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$2,038.00
for Gold Members

$2,398.00 General Price

$1,467.00 Second Person Pricing

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Protect Your School, Constituents, and Bottom Line

Date(s): 7/17/2019 — 7/18/2019 Location: Philadelphia, PA Status: Confirmed Credits: 10 BCP/13.0 CPE

There are risks inherent to private-independent-school operations that can feel overwhelming if you don’t have the right plans in place. Explore how to best prepare yourself and your school to ensure you’ve protected your faculty, staff, students, and bottom line for years to come.

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$2,038.00
for Gold Members

$2,398.00 General Price

How to Register

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Our Guarantee

ISM believes in providing quality and excellence in all of our workshops and in ensuring the satisfaction of everyone who attends. Nearly 100% of our participants say they would recommend our workshops to their colleagues. If you are not satisfied with your workshop for any reason, ISM will credit the fee you paid toward another similarly priced workshop or will refund it.

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Bridge Preparatory Academy, TX

Gain Invaluable Information

"I came in wanting to know what I didn’t know. Mission accomplished! I’ve gained invaluable information that is imperative for my growth, and, ultimately, the growth and success of our students."

Jacqulyn Lockett, Head of School and Co-Founder

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Casady School, OK

Build a Lasting Peer Network

"I have the understanding of what I need to do, why I need to do it, and how it should be done. I cannot imagine another resource that would have provided this level of guidance in addition to establishing a network with other professionals across the country."

Clint McEwen, Assistant Director, Primary Division

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Valley School of Ligonier, PA

Be an Exceptional School Leader

"I've been to many conferences throughout my professional life, and found ISM to be the most valuable professional development experience I’ve ever had. I feel well equipped to develop a plan moving into next year."

Jessica Barbera, Director of Marketing & Communications